Series MS-0661 - Peter Warren Bell personal papers

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Peter Warren Bell personal papers

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  • 1863-1901 (Creation)
    Bell, Peter, 1831-1901

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6 cm of textual records

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Peter Bell was the eldest son of John Bell of the Hudson's Bay Company. In 1866 Peter Bell was put in charge of the Lake Superior District with headquarters at Michipicoten. He retired in 1895 and he and his family moved to Vancouver.

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Peter Warren Bell was the oldest son of John Bell, of the Hudson's Bay Company. P.W. Bell entered the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company, and in July, 1866, was put in charge of the Lake Superior District, with headquarters at Michipicoten. He remained in charge there until 1886. He retired from the service of the company on June 1, 1895. In September, 1866, P.W. Bell married Ellen S. Dupont, in Belleville, Ontario. He and his bride went to New York for their honeymoon, and then returned to Michipicoten. After his retirement in 1895, Bell and his family moved to Vancouver. On August 1, 1901, he was drowned in the sinking of the S.S. Islander off Juneau. He had gone to the Yukon in 1901, planning only a short visit there before he returned to his family in Vancouver. Bell and his wife had five children living in 1901, three sons and two daughters. Wentworth Bell, the oldest son, was then serving in South Africa, fighting the Boers. Jack D. Bell was working on the staff of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Dawson, Yukon Territory. The fonds consists of P.W. Bell's diary, 1844; 1893; correspondence with his bride-to-be Ellen S. Dupont, 1866-1870; correspondence between various members of the Bell family, 1893; 1901; and miscellaneous items. The records are arranged in the following order: Folder 1: Diary and account book, 1844, 1893. Folder 2: Peter Warren Bell, correspondence inward from Ellen S. (Dupont) Bell, 1866, 1870, 1900-1901 Folder 3-4: Ellen S. Dupont, correspondence inward from Peter Warren Bell, 1866-1870 Folder 5: Ellen S. (Dupont) Bell, correspondence inward, 1863; 1901 Folder 6-7: Bell Family correspondence, 1893, 1901 Folder 8: Miscellaneous items

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Presented by Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Bell, Victoria, 1954.


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Accession number(s): MS-0661

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  • Box: MS0661-0001